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  • A worrying phenomenon has raised its head in recent years. For decades artistic freedom and the right of artists to express themselves in morally incorrect ways have been central to our value system, but these freedoms are increasingly being questioned. Artists are again under pressure to respect the sensitivities of all social groups and consider whether the members of a given social, ethnic or religious groups might feel insulted if they are depicted on stage or in an artwork in a manner that they cannot or will not identify with.

    We are of the opinion that artists are not only allowed to take this approach but also obliged to do so in certain situations – to confront people with their own prejudices, show them things they would prefer not to see, adopt stances that are morally incorrect. In our mind the relevance of art consists not least in using aesthetic means to create its own autonomous space, which allows us to see the world through different eyes, allows us, for instance, for the duration of an aria to slip into the shoes of a character whom we should actually be despising and perhaps, in the process, to discover that his feelings are not that alien to us after all.

    For us, then, art is political. It takes a position on issues that affect us all and has to be permitted to unsettle and question. Have the great composers not always done that? Don’t they regularly create moving music to accompany the actions of people who are about to commit terrible deeds? Verdi’s Radames delivers his declaration of love “Celeste Aida” while waiting to be appointed commander-in-chief of the Egyptian army and wage a war that is likely to cost thousands of people their lives.

  • In one of the best-known arias in the history of opera Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama not only sings of the beauty of India but also declares his desire to take possession of this paradise, thereby paving the way for a century of suppression.

    We believe that opera is allowed to do that. And because people are once again - and increasingly – raising the issue of the acceptable boundaries of art, we have resolved to make this political facet of opera our leitmotif for the season. Works such as VASCO DA GAMA, AIDA, SALOME and THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, all new productions by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, address political themes that can only retain their relevance for us if we use the artistic tools available to us and make the operas applicable to the present day.

    Moreover, opera as political art not only forms the core of a symposium (/ read more ) to be held in the Tischlerei in November; it also permeates the photographs that we are using to present ourselves to the public this season. The documentary-style pictures of the young photographic artist Julian Röder from the “The Summits” series (/ ansehen ), which you can view in the following pages, possess the same disturbing quality that we expect from an evening at the opera. There, in an acutely aesthetic setting, idyll and violence clash, policemen relax beneath an oak tree that Caspar David Friedrich could not have captured better and rebels are transfixed by a huge pall of smoke as if an opera god were about to emerge from it.

    With our long list of productions on offer this season we hope to induce our visitors not only to feel what the characters are feeling but also to engage on an intellectual level. Opera can do all that.

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  • Cover Saisonbroschüre 2015/2016 © Julian Röder

    Cover Saisonbroschüre 2015/2016 © Julian Röder


  • Vasco da Gama
    Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864) / read more
    4. October, 2015
    Aida
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) / read more
    22. November, 2015
    La Favorite / concert version
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848) / read more
    2. December, 2015
    Salome
    Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949) / read more
    24. January, 2016
    The Makropulos Affair
    Leos Janácek (1854 – 1928) / read more
    19. February, 2016
    I Capuleti e I Montecchi / concert version
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835) / read more
    29. February, 2016
    Morgen und Abend / First performed in Germany
    Georg Friedrich Haas (*1953) / read more
    29. April, 2016
    Norma / concert version
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835) / read more
    7. May, 2016
    The Abduction from the Seraglio
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) / read more
    17. June, 2016

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  • Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869)


    Roméo und Juliette / read more
    28., 29. August, 2015


    Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
    Carmen / read more
    16., 22., 24. April; 2., 7. July, 2016


    Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835)
    I Capuleti e i Montecchi (konzertant) / read more
    29. February; 3. March, 2016
    Norma (konzertant) / read more
    7., 12. May, 2016


    Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
    Peter Grimes / read more
    7., 11., 18. February, 2016


    Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
    Pelleas and Melisande / read more
    9., 17., 19. September, 2015


    Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)
    La Favorite (konzertant) / read more
    2., 5., 8. December, 2015
    L'elisir d'amore / read more
    18., 22. December, 2015; 4., 6. March; 20., 27. May, 2016
    Lucia di Lammermoor / read more
    16., 21. October, 2015; 1., 4. May, 2016


    Georg Friedrich Haas (*1953)
    Morgen und Abend / Deutsche Erstaufführung / read more
    29. April; 3., 11., 22. May, 2016


    Leos Janácek (1854 – 1928)
    The Makropulos Affair / Premiere / read more
    19., 25., 28. February; 27., 30. April, 2016
    The Cunning Little Vixen / read more
    17., 19., 23., 27. [2×] December, 2015


    Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857 – 1919)
    Pagliacci / read more
    13., 18. September, 2015; 23., 26. March, 2016


    Pietro Mascagni (1863 – 1945)
    Cavalleria rusticana / read more
    13., 18. September, 2015; 23., 26. March, 2016


    Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)
    Vasco da Gama / Premiere / read more
    4., 7., 11., 15., 18., 24. October, 2015


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
    The Abduction from the Seraglio / read more
    17., 22., 25., 28. June; 1., 6. July, 2016
    Don Giovanni / read more
    28. October; 1., 12. November, 2015
    The Marriage of Figaro / read more
    8., 10., 30. October, 2015
    The Magic Flute / read more
    26. September; 25. October; 13. November; 12., 29. December, 2015; 2. January; 12. February; 23. April; 15. May; 3. June; 8. July, 2016


    Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
    La Bohème / read more
    4., 9., 11., 13. [2×]., 28., 31. [2×] December, 2015
    Manon Lescaut / read more
    5., 14. November, 2015; 13., 17. March, 2016
    Tosca / read more
    21. November; 20. December, 2015; 6., 10. January; 28. March; 14. May; 9., 15. June, 2016
    Turandot / read more
    12., 20., 25., 27. September; 24., 27. November, 2015


    Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
    The Barber of Seville / read more
    26. October; 26. December, 2015; 3. January; 5., 13. February, 2016


    Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
    Salome / Premiere / read more
    24., 29. January; 3., 6. February; 2., 6. April, 2016
    The Egyptian Helen / read more
    19. March; 1., 8. April, 2016
    Elektra / read more
    3., 7. April; 23., 26. June, 2016
    The Love of Danae / read more
    12., 18. March; 9. April, 2016
    The Knight of the Rose / read more
    10., 14., 17. April, 2016


    Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
    Aida / Premiere / read more
    22., 25., 28. November; 3., 6., 10. December, 2015
    Nabucco / read more
    14., 17. October, 2015; 7., 23., 30. January, 2016
    Rigoletto / read more
    25., 31. March; 24., 30. June, 2016
    La Traviata / read more
    9., 17., 22. January; 21., 27. February; 2., 6. May, 2016
    The Troubadour / read more
    28. May; 4., 8., 11., 16. June, 2016


    Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
    Lohengrin / read more
    31. January; 14. February; 5., 8. May, 2016
    Rienzi, The Last of the Tribunes / read more
    26. February; 5., 11. March, 2016
    Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg / read more
    31. October; 15. November, 2015; 24., 27. March, 2016
    Tristan and Isolde / read more
    5., 12., 18. June, 2016
    The Ring of the Nibelung - Rhinegold / read more
    1., 13. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)
    The Ring of the Nibelung - The Valkyrie / read more
    2., 14. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)
    The Ring of the Nibelung - Siegfried / read more
    5., 15. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)
    The Ring of the Nibelung - Twilight of the Gods / read more
    9., 17. April, 2017 (Season 2016/2017)

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  • In 2012 the Deutsche Oper Berlin acquired a second performance space – the Tischlerei. This venue for experimental performance at the rear of the opera house is a framework within which musical theatre can be re-imagined beyond the confines of the repertoire and large-scale operatic works. The space is given over solely to world premieres and newly created works; there are no restrictions on style and form. We are pleased to report that we now share this spirit of novelty and experimentation with numerous partners and teams from Berlin’s independent art scene. In a series of collaborations we bundle an assortment of strengths and energies to create a present-day musical theatre that is constantly defining itself afresh.
    Homer’s “Odyssey”, the archetypal tale of people wandering the earth in search of themselves, is the subject of a co-production with the Theater an der Parkaue and Harriet Maria and Peter Meining, who worked for many years under the label “Norton.commander.productions”. In a collaboration with the young composer Ole Hübner, they are preparing to stage their version of the “Odyssey” as a musical theatre production for young audiences.
    The Orpheus myth is another great study of the human condition that is currently providing the material for a world premiere of musical theatre. With SENSOR it is Albert Ostermeier’s poetical and multi-layered reworking of the myth that provides the textual basis for the last work of musical theatre by the composer Konrad Boehmer, who died in 2014.
    The chamber opera PRIVATE VIEW by Belgian composer Annelies van Parys takes the form of a Hitchcockian whodunit in its exploration of reality and illusion. And in MIDNIGHT the New York video artist Deville Cohen and Mexican composer Hugo Morales take audiences on a musical-theatre rollercoaster ride to the 4th dimension.
    Lastly, EIN STÜCK VOM HIMMEL, co-produced with the Berliner Theater o.N., takes kids aged 2 to 4 on a voyage of exploration. We hope to see you at this production and other eye-opening events, be it the interactive projects of the Young Opera section, the Tischlerei concerts or the brand new Jazz & Lyrics series!


  • Die Irrfahrten des Odysseus / Uraufführung
    Musictheatre by Ole Hübner (*1993)
    for audiences aged 10 and older / read more
    2., 3., 5., 6., 7., 8., 9., 11., 12., 13., 14. October;
    2., 3., 4., 6. December, 2015
    Private View / World premiere
    Chamber opera by Annelies Van Parys (*1975) / read more
    29., 30., 31. October, 2015
    Gold
    Musical theatre by Leonard Evers (*1985)
    for audiences aged 5 and older / read more
    6., 10., 11., 12., 13., 16., 17., 18. November, 2015
    Sensor / World premiere
    Musical theatre by Konrad Boehmer (1941 – 2014) / read more
    23., 26., 27., 28., 29. January, 2016
    Kannst du pfeifen, Johanna
    Musical theatre by Gordon Kampe (*1976)
    for audiences aged 6 and older / read more
    13., 14., 15., 20., 21. February, 2016
    Ein Stück vom Himmel / World premiere
    Musical theatre by Ania Michaelis (*1965)
    for audiences aged 2 to 4 / read more
    19., 20., 22., 23., 24., 26., 27. March, 2016
    Midnight / Premiere
    Musical theatre by Hugo Morales (*1979) & Deville Cohen (*1977) / read more
    16., 18., 19., 23., 24. June, 2016

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  • For me one of the most delightful events of last season was when the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin appeared together with the Béjart Ballet in Berlin’s Tempodrom. I had the honour of conducting parts of Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony to accompany the famous choreography of Maurice Béjart. It was such a happy occasion that we all resolved to repeat the experience as part of our programme of symphony concerts. When working with the Orchestra I’m constantly being reminded of a quality rooted directly in a love of music; despite the huge demands placed upon them as they go about rehearsing and performing works of the repertoire, the players have remained open and receptive and are totally dedicated to their work, regardless of whether they are tackling a classical symphony or a contemporary piece. As an example, Aribert Reimann’s “Songs to poems by Edgar Allen Poe” was such a hit at the concert we performed for the Musikfest Berlin that we wanted to give you another chance to hear this rarely performed masterpiece. We have included it as part of a concert that we will be holding to mark the 80th birthday of Berlin’s great composer.

    It goes without saying that the four great symphony concerts played in the course of a season – aside from the evenings devoted to Mahler and Reimann we also had our Mozart programme and the honour of being invited back to the Musikfest Berlin – are not nearly enough to satisfy the musicians’ curiosity for works that do not feature in the opera schedule. The Tischlerei concerts in particular, put together by the musicians themselves, are a regular opportunity for audiences to discover great works of chamber music, and I had already witnessed the enthusiasm of our singers for lieder. In our new offering, “Songs and Poets”, a collaboration with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, we now have an established forum in which to present lieder and verse. You can expect four exquisite programmes combining modern poets and exponents of the classical, romantic art song.

    I look forward to seeing you soon.
    Donald Runnicles

  • Symphony Concerts


    Special Concert / Musikfest Berlin
    8. September, 2015 (Philharmonie) / read more
    21. Grand Opera Gala in aid of the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung
    7. November, 2015 / read more
    Symphony Concert (Gustav Mahler)
    7. December, 2015 / read more
    Symphony Concert (Dedicated to Aribert Reimann)
    22. March, 2016 / read more
    Symphony Concert (Haydn, Strauss, Mozart)
    27. June, 2016 / read more
    20. Benefit concert: „New York – Berlin“
    5. April, 2016 / read more


    Jazz-Concerts
    Children's Concert of the BigBand (Ritter Rost)
    15. November, 2015 / read more
    Concert of the BigBand (Special guest: Till Brönner)
    20. March, 2016 / read more


    Chamber music / Tischlerei

    Paris!
    21. September, 2015 / read more
    Spotlights
    9. November, 2015 / read more
    Eulenspiegeleien
    12. January, 2016 / read more
    The philosopher’s stone
    7. March, 2016 / read more
    Academy Concert
    9. May, 2016 / read more
    Bona nox
    6. June, 2016 / read more


    Lieder und Dichter / Foyer

    Liederabende I: Heidi Melton, Marko Mimica
    19. October, 2015 / read more
    Liederabende II: Markus Brück
    18. January, 2016 / read more
    Liederabende III: Heidi Stober, Simon Pauly
    4. April, 2016 / read more
    Liederabende IV: Siobhan Stagg, Gideon Poppe, John Chest
    17. May, 2016 / read more


    Jazz & Lyrics / Tischlerei

    „Movie-Jazz“
    18. October, 2015 / read more
    Swanee-River
    31. January, 2016 / read more
    „Jazz in the City“
    28. February, 2016 / read more
    „Let’s get Lost“ Chet Baker
    24. April, 2016 / read more
    Motown – and the Record
    12. June, 2016 / read more


    Jazz & Breakfast / Restaurant Deutsche Oper

    Ballads and Blues – Back to the roots
    4. October, 2015 / read more
    The Sax Scandal – A Tribute to Sonny Rollins
    1. November, 2015 / read more
    Swingin’ in the rain – Musical-Jazz and more
    6. December, 2015 / read more
    Eins und eins, das macht … The jazzy side of Hilde
    7. February, 2016 / read more
    Monk’s mood – Triologic plus one
    6. March, 2016 / read more
    Breakfast with Bob – Discovering Bob Brookmeyer
    3. April, 2016 / read more
    Soul Sunday – The color of Gospel and Soul
    1. May, 2016 / read more


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Cavalleria rusticana – 13., 18. September, 2015
Daniela Barcellona will be singing the part of Santuzza.

The Barber of Seville – 26. October, 2015; 5., 13. February, 2016
Noel Bouley will be singing the part of Bartolo.

La Bohème . 31. December, 2015 [15.00 h]
Atalla Ayan will be singing the part of Rodolfo.

The Elixir of Love – 18., 22. December, 2015; 20., 27. May, 2016
Seth Carico will be singing the part of Dulcamara.

La Traviata – 17. January, 2016
Vincenzo Costanzo will be singing the part of Alfredo Germont.

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